BEHIND THE WALLS
By Sylvia TruGem Warren Woods
Back in the day, my parents would round us kids up with the cooler, the blankets and the mosquito repellant and drive down what seemed like a long highway, all to get that funny feeling in our stomachs on site of that eggshell colored roller coaster peeking from behind tall lush green trees. The Screaming Eagle, the roller coaster I never rode as a kid because I was too scary, stood like a monument across the highway. My parents didn’t have a lot of money and Six Flags was expensive, just like today, but we didn’t know that and their pockets hardly felt it because they planned ahead. We’d ride a few rides then come out to the van, slide the doors back, lay the blankets out, position the cooler in the middle of us all and dig in. My father could make a sub sandwich like nobody’s business! This was their answer to fun without the costs. Family time is important and does not require a huge bank account. Today, we are all exposed to an overload of social media. We’ll sit in the house and Candy Crush all day, kill a few mob bosses in Mob Wars or tweet our every stagnant move while the kids entertain themselves. We know how to do that very well but let’s try something different.
Besides the fact that spending time brings families closer, did you know the amount of time a child spends with family doing constructive and engaging activities affects his or her spiritual and emotional health? Pull the kids from in front of the television, off the X-box, off their tablets and out of the house! Entertain them with events going on in St. Louis each and every weekend for FREE. Don’t forget your cooler! Get creative by making bag lunches, packing fruit, animal crackers, Lunchables and water. We can never be too busy to save money. Remember, when kids are running around playing and having fun, as parents we almost have to remind them to eat so no need to go overboard!
Below is a list of some of the attractions in St. Louis you can enjoy with the kids for FREE:
St. Louis Zoo (get there early so you can get a FREE parking spot)
St. Louis Science Center
St. Louis Art Museum (probably not ideal for small children)
The Missouri History Museum (probably not ideal for small children)
World Bird Sanctuary
Google these places for specifics like hours of operations, rules and regulations but most importantly HAVE FUN!
Sylvia TruGem Warren Woods